Being a faithful reader of the Landmark, I was disappointed and dismayed to see the front page prominently displayed photo of the elephant act from the Kelly Miller Circus (“Balancing Act,” News, Sept. 18).

These intelligent creatures were not created to balance on an upturned basket that an adult human would have a problem with. Elephants are trained for these acts with bull hooks (often cutting their skin), chains and beatings, despite self-righteous denials from circus officials and animal trainers.

To give free publicity to these circuses just encourages more people to patronize them. Unfortunately, it is all about money, not the miserable lives that these sensitive animals must lead performing day after days or suffer severe punishments.

Myra Zak

North Riverside


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